Friday, April 23, 2010

Violet Miracle and a Tour of Argyle Acres Iris Gardens

Violet Miracle Iris by Nancy Medina


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If you follow my blog, you can just imagine how excited I was yesterday to drive out to Argyle Acres Iris Garden. They are officially open for the iris season! Argyle Acres is just up the road from Flower Mound Art Studio.

I got there early, feeling pretty clever and proud of myself, but, as you can see, a few other folks had the same idea. A good thing, too, the farm was already sold out of some of its most popular blooms!

This was one of the best iris crops in years, thanks to the snowfall in Texas this past winter. Check out how Joe and Donna Spears arrange the viewing tables with dozens of irises on display.

I was tickled pink to see Joe and Donna and get to take a peek inside their beautiful log home. Donna wanted to show me the Edenite Iris, this beautiful dark bloom she is holding in the picture above. This iris is more than 30 years old and the colors were almost impossible to capture well on film. Black velvet with crimson reflections - spectacular!

Joe and Donna won the Sweepstakes award at the Fort Worth iris show this year. Their ribbons and awards were sprinkled throughout the showing tables. This year I planned better - the hubby was at work, so I got to purchase mega-irises without any adult supervision whatsoever!

My favorite irises are these dramatic blooms where there are two distinct colors. You are probably thinking by now I could tell you the name of every iris, aren't you? Holy cow I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning. I was lucky not to trip over rocks while taking pictures!

Hands down my favorite iris of the day, and I hope someone will correct me if I am wrong, the Yellow Pop iris, a lovely golden yellow orange.

There were hundreds of other irises in full bloom, Palace Choir, Telepathy, Titan's Glory, Private Treasure, Swertii, and so many others I cannot recall. But I am repeatedly drawn to the purple and blue blooms, they are so fun to paint!

I met some great people at the farm that day, and we were all so excited we were like schoolkids at an ice cream buffet. If you haven't had your fill, be sure to check out the photos on the web site for Argyle Acres. Now I am counting the days until a big ole box of iris rhizomes will arrive on my doorstep! Thanks for joining me again this year for the tour. I had a wonderful day!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
Argyle Acres is like someplace we cannot even imagine. What a beautiful setting to see all those Iris. It must have been so peaceful just strolling around looking. They are all so spectacular.
Your painting is spendorious

Autumn Leaves said...

You've so beautifully captured the rich violets and the sunlight on the petals, Nancy! So gorgeous! Wish I lived near Flower Mound; I'd have begged to come along (avec Howie, mais oui!) for this outing. That black/violet iris is just stunning! Course, I also love the whites and everything in between! What a great day this looks to have been!

Becky said...

Wow! They are beautiful! I would want one of each. An iris 30 years old, didn't know the bulbs lasted that long.